Ratings for Dr. Bill Nelems
If this is Dr. Nelems from South Africa I have lived a nightmare since 1990. I was rendered a paraplegic with multiple injuries from a car accident. I had very bad lung infections that the Doctors at University Hospital in Vancouver could not figured out. Dr. Nelems was brought in to help. I finally had a barium swallow that found small holes in my esophogus . The Doctor who was in charge of the x-ray told me that this would heal on it's own with a little time. I felt very good that they found the issue. Approximately 1 hour later Dr. Nelems came into my room and told me I had a problem that maybe 100 people in the world had. He told me my esophogus had gone neurcrotic and if it wasn't taken out it could pass to my other organs and kill me. I had total faith in his words but was told later after he had already taken my esophogus out that the biopsy was negative for his assessment of my condition. I have lived in misery since this surgery. Yes he was very quick to do this surgery. The same night after 1 x-ray he had made his decision to do this awful procedure. I have scarring on my lungs from acid jumping from my stomach directly into my lungs. I thought I was dying many times. My stomach is next to my heart. He was rude to my now ex wife during his explanation. I'm sure he has helped many more than he has hurt. I feel my life is coming to an end and had to get my feelings off my chest. I hope no one lives my depressing life.
It is absolutely unbelieveable that Dr. Nelems still choses to perform this difficult surgery - bilateral 1st rib and cervical rib resection and scalenectomy. A surgery that no one in my home province of Ontario wished to undertake due to the difficulty and complications - and with their reservations I didn't really want them to. Dr. Nelems has been fantastic and I cannot thank him enough for giving me my life back. His knowledge and expertise are without equal. The road to recovery will not be easy but within days I was already better than my presurgical state. Thank you Dr. Nelems!
I met Dr. Nelems in June 2008. He was able to give me answers to a lot of symptoms that I was living with. His staff were supportive and understanding during my wait time for sugery. I had surgery in Oct 2010 on both right and left thorasics. Dr. Nelems was amazing with information and follow up. He is a very gentle and kind man. Thank you.
This was the worst Doctor I have ever run into!! He gave me a TOS surgery that not only didn't work! He also didn't want to give me the pain pills after he cut through most of my right arm. This man is a monster and shouldn't be a Doctor PERIOD!!!
very quick to perform surgery but very poor on post-op follow up. Is very quick to do this TOS surgery at the slightest hint of symptoms. First impression leaves you feeling cared for but in the end... you feel like just another number to back up his so-called findings for TOS. I am now left with multiple scars from 4 different surgeries and am left permanently disabled with no relief in sight.
Dr. Nelems is about the best doctor you can find anywhere. A true medical professional with full humanity qualities. After confirming I had lung cancer, he promptly ordered radiation treatment and operated on my lung in 1991. He was knowledgable, helpful, decisive, effective, well-mannered, and most of all, caring. He made me feel at ease at all times - from pre-surgery to post-surgery, over the span of several years (until he left Vancouver for Kelowna). I can never thank Dr. Nelems enough for what he did for me. Jonathan L.
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